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Kenya Special

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Kenya Special
Kenya Special


Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. Spread out over two CDs and one triple LP, Kenya Special is accompanied by detailed liner notes, original artwork and photographs. It follows on from Soundway's much acclaimed African 'Special' series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana. Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7" singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language 'liquid soul', Luo benga and Swahili afrobeat to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time. Bonus 7 inch single: A. Mutumia Muriu - The Lulus Band B. Nzaumi - Ndalani 77 Brothers Download only Extras: Tiga Kurira - The Rift Valley Brothers Keep Change Kairitu - Gatanga Boys Band Afrousa (Move On) - Afro 70 The Famous Nyahururu Boys - Mwendwa Kibe Kibe - The Mombasa Vikings Pelekani - The Eagles Lupopo Yanagiria Kayo - Kiratu And His Group Mngeni Mali Yare Yore - Orchestre Super Volcano


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  2. The Loi-Toki-Tok - Ware - Wa
  3. Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - Watoto Nyara
  4. Orchestre Baba National - Sweet Sweet Mbombo
  5. Gatanga Boys Band - Wendo Ti Mbia
  6. Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - Sina Raha
  7. Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo
  8. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
  9. The Lulus Band - Ngwendeire Guita
  10. Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
  11. The Lulus Band - Nana
  12. Afro 70 - Week End
  13. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu-Africa
  14. DO 7 Band - H.O. Ochiri
  15. Afro '70 - Cha-Umheja
  16. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - Kajo Golo - Weka
  17. New Gatanga Sound - Thonia Ni Caki
  18. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
  19. Kalambya Boys -Kivelenge
  20. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
  21. Huruma Boys Band - Theresia
  22. Orchestre Veve Star - Nitarudia
  23. The Mombasa Vikings - Mama Matotoya
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